Who Are You?
By: Serah Maragos
October 29, 2015
Who are you really?
Stop for a minute and let that question sink in.
The other day as I was running on my elliptical, this question popped into my head and I spent my workout trying to answer it. My first thought was “well, first things first, I am Serah Maragos.” Seems to be the right and appropriate answer to give your name to answer such a question. But as the question kept sinking in deeper, I wondered if I could whole-heartedly answer this.
Lately there has been so much noise around identity. It is easy for each of us to look around and answer what we “think” identity “should” look like in others’ lives. But do we ever stop to question our own core? If someone was to stop you on the street and ask you this simple, three-word question, how would you answer? “Who are You?” Would your answer have to do with: your job, heritage, accomplishments, your body, children, house, education, spouse? Those all sound like appropriate definitions to me. I think in our culture it is just the norm to identify ourselves with something that is temporary. Isn’t it interesting that we feel like we need something tangible to consider ourselves something of worth? This sounds like grounds for epic failure and constant dissatisfaction. Honestly sounds quite exhausting.
Last night, my oldest son and I went out just the two of us. It is very rare that I get either of my boys one on one without the other tagging along. After we had the sweetest night together, he looked at me and said, “Mommy, this is the best night ever!” My heart not only melted but felt so fulfilled. Almost as if I was complete. At that moment nothing else in the world mattered to me. I have been asking myself “Who are you?” over and over again this week, and as I was reflecting on my time with Micah, I instantly thought about how Jesus feels when we spend undivided time with him. When we aren’t spending time with Him, we must be searching for our identity somewhere else. There is no way to know who we are if we don’t know who perfectly knit us together. We just aren’t “whole.” We will inevitably run around trying to find something to make us feel like someone, instead of spending time with the One who made us and can tell us specifically who He created us to be. If we just chose to spend time with Him, wouldn’t it seem like every day was just like Micah man said: “the best night ever?”
I believe this is what true identity is: When we can rest in who we are by just BEING with Jesus. Not DOING for Him or for others- that will all naturally come after we take the time to just BE with Him. Sometimes we get so caught up in this busy, fast-paced life that we forget about the most eternal thing:simply knowing and being with Jesus. Everything else in this world will fade and will never, ever eternally satisfy us.
The Lord tells us all He truly wants is for us to know Him. This takes so much pressure off as we search to find who we are. There is so much joy, peace, assurance, hope and fulfillment that comes from the knowledge that you are already someone worthwhile apart from anything this earth has to offer.
So the next time someone asks “who are you?” I pray that you have spent time just BEING with Jesus and that in your heart you wholeheartedly know the answer to this question. I pray you will no longer feel the burden of having to “BE SOMEBODY” but already know WHO you are in BEING with your Creator. He knows you best. He’s the one who spoke you into existence. If you’re having a hard time answering this question, get to know Your Maker.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:1-2)